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USGNN Original StoryIGMA Meeting Ties Up Technical Ends

The Technical Services Committee met yesterday during the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) 8th annual conference at the Sundial Beach Resort in Sanibel, Fla., where it first heard a report on its 25-Year Field Correlation Study.

Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director, reported that the last ballot on the document received a 60-percent response, with most of the comments being editorial in nature. According to Webb, the only items missing from the study were photos for the report and a final chart.

"I think we're actually ready to vote on this," said Webb.

Upon a vote, the committee moved the document through to the technical policy committee.

During updates from the working groups (CLICK HERE to read about Tuesday's meetings, including the Visual Quality Working Group, the Glazing Guidelines Working Group, Gas Permeability Working Group and Thermal Stress Working Group. CLICK HERE to read about Monday's Certification and Education Committee meeting.), a motion brought a new document to the Technical Services Committee's realm of responsibility.

"We now have a draft document on guidelines for thermal stress," commented Jeff Haberer of Cardinal IG, chair of the Thermal Stress Working Group.

A vote moved the document to the committee, where it will now be balloted by that committee, bringing it a step closer to completion.

The group also revisited a proposal submitted in June on the use of the GasGlass device in the field.

"Basically, it was to validate the use of the handheld GasGlass unit in the field … as a viable way of checking gas levels in installed IGUs," Webb said.

A review task group examined the proposal in October; however, since it came with a hefty price tag, it was ultimately decided that the group would have to focus on one research project at a time, and the gas permeability project mentioned the previous day (CLICK HERE to read more) would have funds thoroughly tied up.

The day finished with the closed technical policy meeting.

The meeting continues through this afternoon. Stay tuned to™ for further updates.

The next IGMA meeting will be held June 16-19, 2008, at the Westin Resort and Spa in Whistler, British Columbia.

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